An attractive 1727 Ledger Leaf from a Boston Stillhouse showing: “Rum Sold & Deliver’d to Sundry persons this month” and a payment “To Ebenezer Chamberlin … [and] for 12½ months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney …”

Boston: 1727.

Price: $3,500.00

Manuscript ledger leaf. Folio (7¾” x 12½”). Consisting of pages 331 and 332, with a page header written in bold ink on both sides: “Boston New England.” The pages are dated Jan. 27 and Jan. 31, 1727/8. A single sheet removed from a ledger book kept by Cornelius Waldo, a prosperous merchant, distiller, and landowner who held property in Boston, elsewhere in Massachusetts, and in Maine. Light foxing at the edges of the sheet, very good. Two neatly written pages recording Waldo’s distillery expenditures and sales of rum. Listed on the recto (p.331) are expenditures for supplies and labor: including casks, carting boards, sand, lime, stones, etc. Of particular interest is his payment “To Ebenezer Chamberlin … for 12½ months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney …” who likely was put to work in the manufacturing of rum at the distillery. A measure of the success of Waldo’s stillhouse is indicated in the final tally written at the bottom of p.332: For the month of January, he sold “15½ bbls [barrels], 9 Tierces & 39 hhds [hogsheads] cont. 5765 ¾ gallons.” A 1750 portrait of Cornelius Waldo by Joseph Badger is held at the Worcester Art Museum. An uncommon and historically important leaf from Waldo’s ledger book, a relatively early documentation of the hiring of an enslaved man who served as a stillhouse worker.

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Item #552804 An attractive 1727 Ledger Leaf from a Boston Stillhouse showing: “Rum Sold & Deliver’d to Sundry persons this month” and a payment “To Ebenezer Chamberlin … [and] for 12½ months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney …”. Cornelius WALDO.
An attractive 1727 Ledger Leaf from a Boston Stillhouse showing: “Rum Sold & Deliver’d to Sundry persons this month” and a payment “To Ebenezer Chamberlin … [and] for 12½ months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney …”
An attractive 1727 Ledger Leaf from a Boston Stillhouse showing: “Rum Sold & Deliver’d to Sundry persons this month” and a payment “To Ebenezer Chamberlin … [and] for 12½ months and 3 days Service of his Negro Man Toney …”